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Iraqi Kurds retake country's main dam from jihadists: officials
Agence France Presse via The Daily Star ^ | Last updated: August 17, 2014 | 07:44 PM

Posted on 08/17/2014 10:16:43 AM PDT by GonzoII

AL-QOSH, Iraq: Iraqi Kurdish forces backed by US air strikes on Sunday retook the country's largest dam from jihadist militants who seized it the previous week, officials said.

A peshmerga officer and two political party officials told AFP that Kurdish forces had retaken Mosul Dam...

(Excerpt) Read more at dailystar.com.lb ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; isis; kurds; mosul; peshmerga
And still holding water, I take it.
1 posted on 08/17/2014 10:16:43 AM PDT by GonzoII
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To: GonzoII

I hope so. Let’s hope there is no time-delay munitions.


2 posted on 08/17/2014 10:19:14 AM PDT by Parley Baer
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To: GonzoII

But who will provide the constant maintenance that these damn dams require?


3 posted on 08/17/2014 10:19:42 AM PDT by 353FMG
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To: GonzoII

quietly better check it (the dam and damned) thoroughly.


4 posted on 08/17/2014 10:19:45 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: 353FMG
"But who will provide the constant maintenance that these damn dams require?"

Iraq had told the US that they were afraid it wasn't being or properly being maintained by ISIS thus the operation to retake it. So I imagine Iraq has the crews ready to go back to work on it.

5 posted on 08/17/2014 10:23:34 AM PDT by GonzoII ("If the new crime be, to believe in God, let us all be criminals" -Sheen)
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To: GonzoII

Good news indeed.


6 posted on 08/17/2014 10:24:54 AM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: GonzoII

Let the Shiiteheads hit the floor.


7 posted on 08/17/2014 10:26:16 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Cap Huff

Some good news...


8 posted on 08/17/2014 10:29:59 AM PDT by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: no-to-illegals

The BBC says they’re clearing it of explosives now.


9 posted on 08/17/2014 10:30:44 AM PDT by GonzoII ("If the new crime be, to believe in God, let us all be criminals" -Sheen)
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To: GonzoII

Thank You.


10 posted on 08/17/2014 10:32:09 AM PDT by no-to-illegals (Scrutinize our government and Secure the Blessing of Freedom and Justice)
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To: Cap Huff

ISIS is not 8 ft tall...they can be beat.


11 posted on 08/17/2014 10:32:09 AM PDT by Dog (Founding member of the Osama Bin Laden was alive the whole time club..)
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To: Dog

This is indeed good news.


12 posted on 08/17/2014 10:34:30 AM PDT by Cap Huff
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To: GonzoII

The Dam Buster Busters


13 posted on 08/17/2014 10:37:56 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 ("The Second Amendment has no limits n firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.")
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To: GonzoII

Praise God!! (The REAL God, not “Allah,” AKA Satan)


14 posted on 08/17/2014 10:39:27 AM PDT by ScottinVA (If it doesn't include border security, it isn't "reform." It's called "amnesty.")
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To: GonzoII

2 questions

Political party officials?

Is the dams equipment damaged?


15 posted on 08/17/2014 10:41:59 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: GonzoII

The move north is a feint. The real move is towards Baghdad and Basra.


16 posted on 08/17/2014 10:44:46 AM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Vermont Lt
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ISIS/L is currenly waiting until after the US November elections ...

after a "psssst ...not yet" from the "bastard" Obama ...

to take Baghdad.



ISIS/L needs the extra time to properly infiltrate the city's security and critical infrastrucre (electricity, water, etc).


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17 posted on 08/17/2014 11:02:24 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (.)
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To: GonzoII

Very good news. The Kurds a able to mount an effective opposition to ISIS.


18 posted on 08/17/2014 11:03:37 AM PDT by JimSEA
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To: Vermont Lt
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The U.S. should initiate high-altitude (drone targeting assisted) strategic "carpet bombing" of ISIS/L.

"Safe conduct" civilian/military transporation corridors should be established (zones of control) until "every" piece of ISIS/L slime is "exterminated".


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19 posted on 08/17/2014 11:06:05 AM PDT by Patton@Bastogne (.)
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To: GonzoII

Well this might delay the ISIS leaders plans to visit New York.


20 posted on 08/17/2014 11:22:29 AM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Liberty or Big Government - you can't have both.)
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To: Parley Baer

Makes me wonder why they didn’t blow it


21 posted on 08/17/2014 11:44:13 AM PDT by reefdiver (The fool says there is no God. And the bigger fools sees direct evidence and rages against it.)
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To: GonzoII

Too bad the Iraqis can’t just tell the Kurds, “whatever you take, you can keep.” I am sure the Kurds can’t wait for the Elite Quds force from Iran to arrive. s/ (like they ever would)


22 posted on 08/17/2014 1:12:06 PM PDT by Bringbackthedraft (Hillary or Warren 2016! Why? Just to have a woman for Historical Purpose?? That's Retarded Sir.)
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To: Vermont Lt; 2ndDivisionVet; no-to-illegals; All

The real move is toward Karbala and Najaf, holy Shiite cities. Too many Siites further south toward Basra.


23 posted on 08/17/2014 1:23:42 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

That makes sense.

I really think Obama is hoping the Iranians will take care of these guys.


24 posted on 08/17/2014 1:25:55 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Vermont Lt; All

I agree, people are always saying Obama is a Muslim, but they never clarify which brand. It is as complicated as saying someone is a Christian, but with far more deadly overtones.


25 posted on 08/17/2014 1:35:14 PM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

Sunni, based on African origin OR his education in Indonesia. Shia are actually a pretty small population around Persia.


26 posted on 08/17/2014 2:01:16 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: GonzoII
Iraqi Kurds retake country's main dam from jihadists: officials...
And still holding water, I take it.

No thanks to the MMMs.

Built on a karst foundation, concerns over the dam's instability have led to major remediation and rehabilitation efforts since the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

["Karst topography is a landscape formed from the dissolution of soluble rocks such as limestone, dolomite, and gypsum. It is characterised by underground drainage systems with sinkholes, dolines, and caves."]

We don't know who designed and built the bleeping thing, but there was a definite lack of competense. As it exists, the dam foundation requires constant maintenance to preserve its water tight integrity.
That should have been addressed before construction of the dam foundations, but this is a muslim country, with "other" demands of the construction budget than safety and competent engineering and construction.

27 posted on 08/17/2014 2:02:20 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: GonzoII
So I imagine Iraq has the crews ready to go back to work on it.

In addition to that, I hope someone in the business of preventing the retaking of the dam by ISIS on any other force has the good sense to build observation posts on the surrounding high ground to intercept any future incursion by ISIS or anyone else day or night.

To that end, they better also install some alarms, reliable communications and truly heavy duty defense weapons. Not subject to capture by ISIS again!

28 posted on 08/17/2014 2:10:37 PM PDT by publius911 ( Politicians come and go... but the (union) bureaucracy lives and grows forever.)
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To: gleeaikin
I agree, people are always saying Obama is a Muslim, but they never clarify which brand.

Maybe like the Yazidis, Obama's religion combines the traditions of Islam, Christianity, and secularism.
29 posted on 08/17/2014 2:32:27 PM PDT by Chad_the_Impaler
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30 posted on 08/17/2014 4:08:04 PM PDT by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
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To: publius911; 2ndDivisionVet; All

I saw a news report tonight that said the Kurds had PARTIALLY retaken the dam.


31 posted on 08/18/2014 12:24:16 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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